Un­earthing the Pyrenees

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Western Vic­to­ria’s love af­fair with wine and food cel­e­bra­tions will con­tinue later this month when pa­trons gather in and around Avoca for a Pyrenees Un­earthed fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val fea­tures a blend of wine, art and gar­den events in­clud­ing the iconic Avoca races on the An­zac Day week­end of April 21 to 25.

Pyrenees Un­earthed works closely with neigh­bor­ing Grampians Grape Es­cape, which fea­tures month­long at­trac­tions through April, cul­mi­nat­ing with a week­end fes­ti­val on May 6 and 7 at Halls Gap.

Or­gan­is­ers are pro­mot­ing Pyrenees Un­earthed as a chance to ‘dis­cover a piece of France in the heart of Vic­to­ria’.

The Pyrenees re­gion fea­tures many towns and vil­lages but Avoca will host the ma­jor­ity of events.

Pyrenees Un­earthed will come alive from April 21 with a Pyrenees pub night, where peo­ple will have ac­cess to street food, live mu­sic, boutique beers and a hawker mar­ket.

April 22 ad­ven­tures start at a Mount Mitchell Es­tate Gar­den event where pa­trons will have an op­por­tu­nity to look over his­toric ve­hi­cles, art and pho­tog­ra­phy while ex­plor­ing the grounds of the homestead.

A three-day Avoca art ex­hi­bi­tion and sale in Avoca Town Hall will start on April 22 and there will also be an ex­hi­bi­tion by land­scape artist Mal Gil­mour at Rail­way Sta­tion space, Gallery 127.

Avoca Com­mu­nity Arts and Gar­dens will also present its Artists Award Gala even­ing on the Satur­day.

Sun­day ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude op­por­tu­ni­ties to visit Avoca River­side Mar­ket stalls en route to the fea­ture event of the week­end, the Avoca Wine Fes­ti­val, where of­fi­cials will un­earth wines from 17 district winer­ies. Fes­ti­val-go­ers will also be able to get their ‘pass­port’ to Tour de Pyrenees on the Mon­day with cel­lar doors open to al­low them to ex­pe­ri­ence food, mu­sic, master classes and more.

Ac­tiv­i­ties on April 25 will in­clude an An­zac dawn ser­vice at Avoca RSL fol­lowed by An­zac Day races. Peo­ple can find out more about Pyrenees Un­earthed by vis­it­ing web­site www.pyre­neesun­earthed­fes­ti­val. com.au.

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